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Patent Agent Exam Syllabus


The syllabus for the Patent Agent Exam 2020 is pretty straightforward. It consists of two things:

1. The Patents Act 1970 &

2. The Patent Rules 2003 as amended by (Amendment) Rules, 2019

OMG! That’s scary” – if that’s the reaction on your face now, welcome to the club! That’s how most new users coming to our site feel. But hey, don’t worry at all!

That brings us to the next question in your mind right now.

Do I need to be a lawyer to clear the Patent Agent Exam?

You don't have to be a lawyer to clear the Patent Agent Exam.

Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to be a lawyer to clear the Patent Agent Exam. In fact, if you have degrees like BA LLB or MA LLB which most lawyers have, you can’t even write the Patent Agent Exam.

That says something very important about the Patent Agent Exam – which is that you don’t need to have a law degree for clearing the Patent Agent Exam.

All you need is a background in Science to write the Patent Agent Exam. This means you should have any degree in Science, Engineering, Technology or Pharmaceutical Sciences. In other words, these degree holders are eligible to write the Patent Agent Exam:

  • B.Sc.
  • M.Sc.
  • B.E.
  • M.E.
  • B.Tech.
  • M.Tech,
  • B.Pharm.
  • M.Pharm.
  • Ph.D (in any of the above streams)
  • Final year students are also eligible to apply (subject to conditions)

So coming back to our question!

How do I prepare for the Patent Agent Exam? Where do I start?

Most students who are new have the same question. So you don’t have to worry at all.

We would suggest you start with this introductory course to begin with: Introduction to Patent Law. (Before you take the course, you will need to register on our site. Registration is free and takes hardly a few seconds.)

This introductory course on patent law covers the following 12 topics:

  1. Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
  2. Patent Prosecution
  3. Why Protect IP?
  4. Fundamentals of Patents
  5. Patent Law in India
  6. What can be patented?
  7. Patentability
  8. Patent Timeline
  9. Statutory Amendments
  10. Structure of Patents Act and Rules
  11. Patent Manual
  12. Life of a Patent

Thankfully, these topics are covered in the form of video lectures which will make it very easy for you to get started. Again, here’s the link to get started: http://www.lexcampus.in/courses/introduction-to-patent-law-course/.

If you were to ask how to prepare for the patent agent exam or do I have to just memorize the whole Patents Act and the Patent Rules 2003, then the answer would be to go through our courses available – where our founder Dr. Feroz Ali explains the concepts in such a way that a complex / boring topic of going through the Acts, Rules, Sections & Forms becomes simple. Do checkout our Patent Agent Exam Training Courses here: http://www.lexcampus.in/available-courses.

We are replicating the complete contents of The Patents Act 1970 and The Patent Rules 2003 from the govt. portal here for your easy reference. This is the complete syllabus for the Patent Agent Exam 2020.

Syllabus for The Patents Act:http://ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/ev/sections-index.html

Syllabus for The Patent Rules: http://ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/ev/rules-index.html

And don’t forget the amendments introduced in 2019: http://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/patents_amendment_rules_2019.pdf. You can expect a lot of questions from the amendments for the Patent Agent Exam 2020 as these are amended rules from 2019.

How do I prepare for the Patent Agent Exam? I have no background in law or patent law.

We have already answered this question above. You don’t need any background in law to get started.

Lastly, even if you are not appearing for the Patent Agent Exam in 2020, but want to establish a career in Patent Law in India, please get started with this introductory course on Patent Law.


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